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December 28, 2002
Whether it be sentimental or philosophical, every once in a while an artist makes a statement that becomes memorable. Here is the best of what was said in the Datebook pages of the Daily Pilot in 2002. "A photograph is not a reality. What our society views as ideal or normal is actually a perfect or nonpersonal view of the female form." -- Wendy Marvel, artist, whose show exploring images of women in the media was displayed at Orange Coast College in April "It's important to remember this is a living practice.
By Amanda Pennington | September 16, 2006
COSTA MESA — The crescendo — years of construction, planning, designing and donating — reached its peak Friday night when the doors at the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall were opened to ticket holders, including celebrities and the who's who of Newport Beach and Costa Mesa. "We're excited to be here; this is the most wonderful thing for Orange County and the community," said Coto de Caza resident Carole Follman, whose husband is on the performing arts center's board of directors.
By Michael Miller | June 20, 2013
If I had my indulgence - if I could direct the Pacific Chorale's leaders on how to preserve "The Shore" for posterity - I would have them keep the inappropriate applause. Not that I'm any authority on how to record a piece like Frank Ticheli and David St. John's opus that debuted June 1 at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts. A work so painstakingly crafted deserves a pristine recorded version, and that's what it will get - according to Ticheli, the chorale and Pacific Symphony held a studio session two days after the premiere, and the version on the upcoming CD from Delos will blend those studio takes with portions of the live one. Still, I hope someone will hold onto the opening-night recording, if only to include as a bonus track on some future compilation.
By B.W. COOK | September 21, 2006
It was a grandly glorious night in Costa Mesa. Police barricades directed a phalanx of limousines to the appropriate arrival destination. Red carpet lined the concrete. Paparazzi flashed cameras as guests left their shiny black cars behind and enjoyed what would become a night of a thousand stars. Each patron attending Friday's opening ceremonies of the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa was indeed a star in their own right. In addition to the significant donation of Henry Segerstrom and his late wife, Renée , as well as his present wife, Elizabeth — $50 million, 6 acres of land and millions more in auxiliary funding for art installation — there have been countless others who have made a remarkable vision become reality, not just for Orange County millionaires, but millions of Orange County residents.
March 9, 2000
Send AFTER HOURS items to the Daily Pilot, 330 W. Bay St., Costa Mesa 92627; fax them to (949) 646-4170; or call (949) 764-4330. A complete listing can be found at o7 www.dailypilot.comf7 . MUSIC SIMCHAFEST II The Jewish Community Center of Orange County will host SimchaFest II, a festival of Jewish music and humor, from 8 to 11 p.m. Saturday. The event will feature vocalist Nancy Linder, folk musician Osi Sladek, Borscht Belt comedian Archie Barkan and the Orange County Klezmers.
By B.W. COOK | November 25, 2006
D onald and Dorothy Kennedy , one of Orange County's most philanthropic couples, hosted a recent underwriter's reception and dinner on behalf of the Pacific Chorale. The event unfolded in the Garden Room at First American Title, the international corporation led by the Kennedy family. More than $135,000 was raised at the gathering, which attracted 90 guests who came to underwrite the Pacific Chorale's upcoming holiday concert and gala. Organizers are calling the concert 'Tis the Season.
November 11, 2000
Two very glamorous Orange County women, Pat Rypinski and Patricia Ann Marshall, both of Newport Beach, greeted the arriving crush Thursday evening on the patio fronting the new Bridge of Gardens at South Coast Plaza. Some 150 guests converged on the terrace in support of the Candlelight Concert, a major holiday fund-raiser benefiting the Orange County Performing Arts Center and presented by the Center's board of directors. The terrace was transformed from its stark contemporary landscape into a magical European topiary garden replete with living statues.
By B.W. Cook | November 16, 2011
Not many people in today's world are fortunate enough to devote a lifetime to a career, a singular purpose and a passion. Even fewer people have the talent, the stamina and the vision to sustain that career and that passion for years, let alone decades. Last week in Orange County one man was honored for 40 years of service to his lifetime pursuit and for the difference it has made not just in this community, but on a national and international scale. John Alexander , artistic director of the Pacific Chorale, accepted a multi-encore standing ovation from a full house in the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall on the occasion, debuting his 40th-anniversary season with the chorus that is considered one of the finest in America.
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